Ghana turns into first state in world to acquire UN Covax vaccines Scheme to ensures low- and middle-income international locations have ‘fair access’ to Covid jabs.
Covid vaccines dispensed by the way of Covax arrive at Kotoka International Airport, Accra.
The world’s first Covax Facility cargo has arrived safely in Ghana, presenting the West African state with 600,000 doses of the Oxford /AstraZeneca vaccine.
The minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, stated the arrival supposed the country’s immunisation marketing campaign should commence on two March, permitting it to begin the manner of safeguarding 30 million Ghanaians at risk.
The UN-backed Covax initiative is a world programme shaped to make certain low- and middle-income nations have honest get right of entire to coronavirus medicine, led through the World Health Organisation.
Once Unicef efficiently delivered the jabs to Accra’s global airport earlier, the company tweeted to say Ghana had “made history” as the first recipient of “Covid-19 vaccines thru Covax”.
According to the most latest figures from Ghana’s fitness services, the usa has recorded 81,245 instances and 584 deaths from the virus.
Ninety-three low- and middle-income countries, which includes Ghana, will get hold of vaccines for free via Covax. Another ninety nations and eight territories have agreed to pay if they select to acquire vaccines thru the scheme.
Deliveries are scheduled to take vicinity in fellow West African areas Abidjan and Cote d’Ivoire later this week.
Mr Nkrumah stated inoculations will be carried out in phases starting with fitness workers, adults of 60 years and over, humans with underlying fitness conditions, frontline executive, legislature and judiciary and their associated staff.
He said: “The authorities of Ghana stays resolute at making sure the welfare of all Ghanaians and is making frantic efforts to accumulate sufficient vaccines to cowl the complete populace via bilateral and multi-lateral agencies.”
The UK has dedicated £548m to the programme and pledged to donate the majority of any surplus vaccine stocks.
In a joint statement, Unicef and the WHO described the first Covax arrival as a “momentous occasion”.
The cargo to Ghana is the begin of what will be the world’s “largest vaccine procurement and provide operation in history”, in accordance to the statement, with Covax set to supply shut to two billion doses of Covid vaccines round the world this year.
Unicef’s govt director, Henrietta Fore, stated the cargo marked a dedication by way of the, “Covax Facility to make certain humans from less-wealthy nations are now not left in the back of in the race for life-saving vaccines”.
“Each step on this trip brings us similarly alongside the direction to restoration for the billions of teenagers and households affected [by coronavirus] round the world,” she added.
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